Sadio Mane might be one of the most genuinely thoughtful football players we have. Any player might have been frustrated or upset following the events of Saturday’s match against Arsenal, and Mane especially so considering his disallowed goal might have been the one to put Liverpool into the win category as opposed to the draw one.
“I haven’t watched it back and to be honest I’m someone who is not really interested in this kind of thing,” Mane said in speaking exclusively to the Echo.
“If you remember, when I scored a goal against West Ham earlier in the season I was offside and that goal counted.
“So if this time I was onside and it didn’t count then you just to deal with it and accept it. Officials are human beings and sometimes we all make mistakes.”
Loads of arguments are made for one side or the other, whether it was onside or off, but it’s almost pleasant to see Mane not spending too much time worrying about it. He’s also not been worrying himself over the status of his contract, due to expire in 2021. While there’s been lots of speculation over whether or not he’s gotten a new offer or whether or not he’ll sign it, he’s dismissed that speculation too.
“I am more focused on the games, things like contracts I leave with my agent,” Mane added.
“I am happy and concentrating on giving my best for my team-mates, my manager and the fans.”
That’s really all we can ask for in a season as intense as this one. With the top three teams all tied for the top spot and separated by goals, there’s loads of pressure on Liverpool’s front three especially to put us ahead. Manchester City scored 6 today to put them ahead of everyone else, and it’s tough to compete.
“Honestly, we are not thinking about Man City or any other team,” the winger continued.
“There is no point putting more pressure on ourselves. It’s still early in the season. We have our work to do and that’s what we are concentrated on.
“We have to take the positives. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are very good teams and we have already played them all away and we are still unbeaten. Now we need to try to do even better.”
With Red Star on the horizon and Fulham on the weekend, although Red Star is a Champions League match, it would be a good chance to build up some confidence for Mane and our attacking forces.
“I love these kind of games,” Mane smiled.
“I get emotional when I play in special atmospheres and get even more motivation.
“We have to try to make a fast start and try to score an quickly as we can and try to win the game.”